It’s juicy, it’s healthy, it’ll add zest to your bank-holiday weekend. Tony Clayton-Lea peels open Forbidden Fruit with a Q&A with Serge Pizzorno from Kasabian, and offers around segments of this year’s most delicious produce
Kasabian seem the type of band that would be into passing on the baton – true? I can’t wait to hear what comes to kids that right now are listening to our albums back to back. We were too young for The Stone Roses and Happy Mondays – we were only about eight or nine in the late 1980s – so it was Oasis that was the spark for us, as well as opening us up to The Beatles, Led Zeppelin and so on. Self-belief is crucial, isn’t it? Oh, God, yes. At the very beginning you’re making one album, and you’re not sure what’s going to happen after it’s released. You’re in your early 20s, so you don’t care about anything or anyone, but at the same time I always like to hear people say they’re into what they work at. To me, there is nothing more exciting than seeing someone who is passionate about their work, be it an artist, a plumber, a writer, whatever. I don’t believe successful people who say they don’t like what they do. That annoys me, because they had to be, at some point, quite ruthless and so into it that they would put themselves through agony to get to where they are. We’re not saying we’re better than anyone, it’s just we’ve made albums that we think are great. It’s really that simple. Kasabian are a cartoon rock act – discuss! That’s an interesting one, because in a lot of ways it gives you scope to continually baffle people. It’s a bit like Andy Kaufman – he was best known for the American comedy show Taxi. There’s a lot of fun in making people think we’re like something we’re actually not. The loutish thing that has been thrown at us from the very start? Some people can’t balance that image with some of the music we make. It puzzles them. In a way it gives you the ability to do whatever you want. Rock’n’roll music is more important than rock’n’roll attitude, isn’t it? I’m not really a believer in what people regard as the rock’n’roll lifestyle – the usual sex, drugs and rock’n’roll thing. That’s all very, very nice, but for me it’s the work that counts. Here’s an example: Hunter S Thompson is arguably the worst dressed man you’ve ever seen in your life, but there was no one cooler. If you put the clothes he wore – Converse runners, gym socks, golfing shorts, beanie hat, glasses, cigarette holder – on hangers in Topshop no one would buy it. People buy into the way rock stars look, but you can’t buy the outfit because true style comes from within. And it’s the people who don’t care what you think that are the best examples of cool.
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